Category: Buffalo Locals

A Fashion Show for Local Designers

Crista Botticello, owner of Ooo La La Boutique and Ooo La La Fashion Truck puts on a handful of fashion shows throughout the year, one of the best ones is the Local Designer Show. This show features up and coming designers who live in or have studied fashion in the Western New York area. For the summer show that took place this past weekend, the designers included were: Danielle Nieder, Nancy Celeste, Rachel Hamerski, Emily Lyon, Holly Henderson and swimwear designer, Marina Pascale.

To learn more about any one of these designers you can check out Ooo La La Boutique’s Facebook page: Ooo La La Boutique

A big thank you goes out to all the designers, hair stylists, photographers, models, customers, volunteers, friends, family and guests in attendance.



:: Pre-Show Set-Up ::



:: Cupcakes from Swirls ::



:: Ooo La La Models Backstage ::



:: Crista and myself after the show ::



My Favorite Buffalo Links

buffalo links i love - fashionOne of my favorite bloggers (Emily Schuman from Cupcakes and Cashmere) recently started a series called Links I Love. It gave me an idea to share the links from local Western New York businesses that I like, this week I’m highlighting my favorite clothing/fashion boutiques.

What are your favorite shops in town?



Ooo La La Boutique

Anna Grace

Modern Nostalgia

Research and Design

In The Buff Shirts


Bella Belle Shoes

Ms. Eye Candy

Clementiny Clothing

Made by Anatomy


Live Music Action


The Hall’s opened Sportmen’s Tavern in 1985 and what was once just a local neighborhood tavern is now one of the best venues to see live music in, in town. I stopped by Sportmen’s the other day to attend a “Friendraiser” hosted by The Good Neighborhood (the Good Neighborhood is located in Buffalo, NY and is about the community, providing you with information in Western New York that focuses on the greater good).

While I’ve driven past the Tavern many times before I was surprised to walk in and see how big the place was – a stage, big bar and bistro style tables line the downstairs and upstairs is an additional bar with tables and a balcony where you can watch the band(s) play. My time was cut short at the Sportmen’s Tavern, but I enjoyed the atmosphere and am already looking forward to going back soon!

Located at 326 Amherst St. if you love live music check out a band here.

Sportsmen’s Tavern on Facebook


Day 5: Up & Coming Women in Buffalo: Ms. Shanna Montana


Day 5 of the up and coming women in Buffalo series takes us to an amazing entertainer and DJ who loves Buffalo and is one of the most caring, fun and hard-working gals I know. Kiss 98.5’s On-Air Personality and Sales Promotion Coordinator, the wonderful, Shanna Montana.


Shanna originally attended Buffalo State College for Psychology and then after taking Psych 101 realized that wasn’t the route for her. She realized she needed something where she could talk to people and entertain them. From there, she changed her major to Media Production and started interning with the Kiss Morning Show. It was during that time that she realized she wanted to do this for the rest of her life.

You can catch Shanna on the radio during the weekends and making public appearances at a variety of different places and different times, but to do that you have to keep up to date with her at:

“I love everything about Buffalo! The food is amazing, our sports teams have a special place in my heart, and the people here are always great! Where else can you find all of those things?!”

Shanna is a one-of-a-kind DJ. She loves her work and has a true passion for radio and music in general. If you’re having a “blah” day and turn on the radio and Shanna’s on, you’ll instantly be in a better mood. She loves to make people happy. Do yourself a favor and listen to Kiss 98.5 and follow Ms. Montana on Twitter and Facebook. You’ll be happy you did!

Like all the young women I wrote about this past week each one of them has a dream that they are pursuing, whether they stayed or left and came back to Buffalo, they believe in this City and all love something about this area. My hope for readers this past week is to inspire you to follow your dreams and to believe in this city, like the five ladies I wrote about do. Enjoy your weekend!


Day 4: Up & Coming Women in Buffalo: Diamond Do Salon & Boutique & The Diamond Do Brand


Day four of the up and coming women in Buffalo series brings us to the spicy and sexy Mercedes Diamond, Owner and CEO of the Diamond Do Salon & Boutique as well as the Diamond Do Brand.


Since the age of 8, Mercedes has known she always wanted her own salon. After college and working in Corporate America she decided it was time to follow her dreams. She moved back to Buffalo and opened a private, upscale salon and boutique in Cheektowaga, NY.

Diamond Do Salon & Boutique specializes and provides services in:

  • Healthy Hair & Healthy Hair Maintenance
  • Sew in extensions
  • Braidless extensions
  • Color
  • Cut
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Scalp Treatments

The Salon & Boutique also sells jewelry, Diamond Dolls apparel, high quality virgin Brazilian hair and much more.

Mercedes has “always believed that Buffalo has so much potential of being an amazing city that could be the next Chicago, Atlanta, DMV (DC,MD, VA area). I have lived and visited several thriving cities and it always makes me think what Buffalo could be…we have so many natural resources and beautiful assets; such as our historic buildings, bodies of water, the fact that we can get to another country in minutes!…”

The goal of Diamond Do is to promote a “Diamond Do” lifestyle and mindset for people, meaning taking care of yourself, following your dreams, working on a better you. Its the belief that you are a rare and precious jewel that deserves to shine. Therefore, you treat yourself as a DIAMOND by DOING things to keep yourself shining!

The potential and the people are what Mercedes loves and its what keeps her in Buffalo. “The people make a way out of no way, the fact that we fight for our small businesses and we are passionate about our city even when things may look bad, that all takes heart. Gotta love people with heart!”

Diamond Do Salon & Boutique is an appointment only salon and boutique.

To make an appointment you can contact Mercedes Diamond at: (716) 390.9464

Email her at: and check out the website:

And of course follow on the social media sites:

Facebook: Diamond Do Brand and Diamond Do Salon

Twitter: @thediamonddobrand and @mercedesdiamond

Instagram: Diamond Do Brand

Start taking care of yourself and bring out the diamond in you. You will be happy you did. Call Mercedes and book an appointment today!


The Salon
The Salon
Diamond Dolls photo shoot
Diamond Dolls photo shoot
Diamond Doll Apparel available for purchase
Diamond Doll Apparel available for purchase
You to are a Diamond Doll
You to are a Diamond Doll
Inspiration during the week
Inspiration during the week from the Diamond Doll Team





Day Three: Up & Coming Women in Buffalo: Jenny Lynn Photography

Document2Today is day three of this mini-series and I’m writing about a friend who decided to take her passion of photography and make it a business.

Jenny Stauffer, from Jenny Lynn Photography is an, on-location photographer. She has always had a camera in her hand and after college she took her love for photos to the next level. After going on some photo shoots with a cousin who is also a photographer she new she had to pursue her dream. Jenny say’s she “instantly fell in love with capturing moments in peoples lives. They will never get back these moments and I love knowing they will always have those images I took for them, for a lifetime. It’s priceless.”

Jenny Lynn Photography photographs

  • Newborns
  • Infants
  • Children
  • Families
  • Engagements
  • Special Events

Her specialty is definitely sessions that involve children, “I love candids.” Included with her prices comes a Photo CD with all the edited, high resolution images and a copyright release to print photos for personal use.

To contact Jenny you can email her at:

Check out her website here:

or “Like” her page on Facebook: Jenny Lynn Photography

Jenny has photographed some of my special events for work over the last couple of years and I’m always thrilled with the wonderful work she captures for me. Knowing she is taking the photos for my events is one less thing I have to worry about.

Jenny loves the variety of places to go in Buffalo and the surrounding areas for photo sessions. “I never have a hard time offering up outside locations with beautiful backdrops! It’s truly a beautiful city!”

If you’re looking for a photographer who loves capturing moments contact Jenny, she doesn’t disappoint.


For photo galleries from Jenny Lynn Photography click here or here


Day Two –> Up & Coming Women in Buffalo –> Just B Creative


Day Two of the up and coming women series in Buffalo takes us to Niagara Falls, NY where Creative Designer, Betsy Aquilar, owner of Just B Creative creates one-of-a-kind, handcrafted, personalized jewelry and fashion accessories.

New jewelry line for Bales Clothing
Designed by Just B


Jewelry from Just B Creative

6ce634447bc011e2a73f22000a9e28ad_5Just B who is originally from NYC, moved to Buffalo and recently discovered the entire underground fashion movement here. Since being diagnosed with bi-polar six years ago she found that her creative craft became therapeutic and now self-fulfilling, especially when others are supportive and appreciative, it gives her the “hunger” to create more.

This past December I had the opportunity to invite Just B to be a vendor at Ooo La La Boutique’s, Deck the Halls for Main St. Runway Fashion Show that Crista Botticello and I put together. It was the first vendor table opportunity at a fashion show for Betsy and she instantly became addicted to the positive, energetic and creative atmosphere. Her amazing designs and creative taste were a big draw and since then she has had the opportunity to share her gift with a handful of local fashion designers. Most recently, Just B Creative’s handmade bracelets, necklaces and belts accessorized Steven Bales Runway Show- First Call.

Just B Creative offers the following services:

  • Vendor Charity Events
  • Provides her own Jewelry and Accessories for Photos Shoots & Fashion Shows
  • Private Home Parties
  • Personalized Gifts (invites, center pieces, favors) for all occasions
  • Handcrafted Personalized Jewelry & Fashion Accessories

Just B is currently working on a REUSED line which is deconstructed, reused, recycled ties and converting them into neckties, neck scarves and necklace ties, making it a one-of-a-kind item. Just B is also branching out into belts and purses with ties and has recently became a designer for Steven Bales jewelry line. As she continues to move forward with her creative flow, she hopes to be a designer in a fashion show, having the role models wearing her reused necktie pieces.

To contact Just B you can call her at (716) 870.0743

Follow her on Instagram: Justbcreativebyjustb

Find her on Facebook: Justbcreative Byjustb

And to read more about Just B click here: Justbcreative

I was introduced to Betsy through my event this past December and her personal story stuck with me. Everyone goes through difficult times, its what you choose to do during those times that makes you either overcome the hard times or give in to them. Just B chose to use her creative niche and started something great. If you have the opportunity to meet this young lady, I’m confident in saying that she will be an inspiration to you.



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